Helmer-novelist books Strasbourg-set dramedy

French helmer and novelist Philippe Claudel has been tapped to direct “Silence d’Amour” (Silence of Love), a follow-up to his directorial debut, the Kristin Scott Thomas starrer “I’ve Loved You So Long.”

Set in Strasbourg, “Silence of Love” is a dramedy centering on a widowed music teacher.

Italian thesp Stefano Accorsi, lead actor of fiction drama “Romanzo Criminale,” will topline. Produced by Yves Marmion’s company UGC YM, the film will begin lensing in May.

Gallic company TF1 Intl. has taken foreign sales rights.

Claudel earned multiple kudos for “I’ve Loved You So Long,” including a BAFTA Film Award for best non-English-language film and a Cesar nod for best first film. Pic, which was also produced by Yves Marmion, was a major arthouse success in key territories. It also had the pull to play the multiplexes — a factor important in many European markets such as Germany, Spain and Italy.

The film grossed more than $3 million in the U.S. and more than $15 million in foreign markets.

As a novelist, Claudel is best known for “Les ames grises” (Grey Souls), a 1917-set WWI drama that was adapted for the bigscreen by French helmer Yves Angelo in 2005.

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